Françoise Rivière is in charge of the Research and Development Department of the Agence Française de Développement, Paris (France). Over the last few years, she has been responsible in particular for a multidisciplinary research programme on the development models in the French overseas territories and small island economies. She has also coordinated a study programme on « gender and development », which includes women’s economic empowerment.
She holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her initial work focused on the relationship between public infrastructure expenditure and endogenous growth, from both a macro- and micro-economic point of view. She subsequently led missions for several institutions (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Research, DATAR, the Reunion island region, etc.) and has published several articles on the economies of the southwest Indian Ocean (particularly Mauritius and Madagascar) and French overseas economies.
Prior to joining the Research Department, Françoise Rivière was the deputy director of the Economic Observatory Division at the French Overseas Departments Issuing Institute (delegation of the Banque de France for French Overseas territories) where, from October 2008, she drafted and coordinated several studies (cyclical, macroeconomic, and thematic).